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Dear MCPS Superintendent Jack Smith- Time to Protect Students Not Promote Pollution

Dear Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith, I am writing to you on an important issue regarding our children’s hea...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Eliminate Radiofrequency Radiation Hazards from Classrooms: The OctoWired Solution

Eliminate Immediate and Latent Radiofrequency Radiation (RFR) Hazards from Classrooms

This information is from OctoWired  please go to http://octowired.com/
Classroom Wiring Plan:
  • One Central 8-port Gigabit Ethernet Switch mounted on the center of the ceiling
  • Six to Eight tentacles that travel to the corners and wall-midpoints of the room and down the walls to desk-height
  • Four to Six additional 8-port Gigabit Ethernet Switches mounted on the wall at desk height (the tentacle feet)
  • Flexible, colored tentacle conduits that easily fasten Ethernet cables to the ceilings and walls, eliminating the need to snake the cables behind ceilings and walls

Typical Classroom Wiring Cost: US pricing
$250 for five 8-port Gigbabit Switches
$125 for OctoWired Flexible Conduit System
$  25 for Ethernet cable and connectors
$100 for two hours of labor to install
$500 total per classroom
USB-to-Ethernet Adapters for iPads

For each iPad: Apple USB3 Camera Adapter
For each Chromebook: Anker 10/100/1000 Mbps USB-to-Ethernet adapter

Learn more at OctoWired http://octowired.com/

Montgomery County School Board Votes AGAINST Safety Guidelines for Screen Use in Classrooms

Board of Education Opposes   Screen Safety, Claims Fed Regulates Screen Time, Does Not Want Medical Oversight 

The Montgomery County Board of Education is opposed to legislation that would authorize the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to develop safety guidelines for the use of computer screens in public school classrooms.

The Montgomery County Board of Education "thinks" that the federal government has already regulated the use of computer screens in classrooms.  If such regulations exist, they apparently permit unlimited screen time for students of all ages while in school.  

Monday, February 27, 2017

What You Need To Know About Wireless Radiation and Your Baby

The BabySafe Project: What You Need To Know About Wireless Radiation and Your Baby by Patti Wood in the February/March 2017 issue of The Green Gazette.
The BabySafe Project is an initiative to educate pregnant women about wireless radiation and the steps they can take to reduce wireless exposure to their baby.

Parents Testify To Stop Cell Towers in Prince George's County Schools

"Stop Installing Cell Towers on Our Schools" Testimony to the Prince George's County School Board February 2017

"How Wireless Tech Is Harming Our Youth And What Parents Can Do Right Now"

"The Kids Are Not All Right. How Wireless Tech Is Harming Our Youth And What Parents Can Do Right Now" by Alison Main

Paleo Magazine. February/March 2017.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

CBS Local: California State Refuses to Release Records on Cell Phone Radiation

"Releasing it would cause panic" California State argued.

CBS Local: California State Continues To Refuse To Release Records 
On Cell Phone Radiation
Published on Feb 26, 2017
Julie Watts follows up on investigation into the state Department of Public Health not releasing documentation on cell phone radiation (2-26-2017)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

HB 866: Maryland State Bill To Develop Medical Safety Guidelines For Digital Device Use In Schools

Maryland State Bill To Protect Children From Health Effects of the Overuse of Screens
Watch Videos of the Incredible Testimony Here And Thank You To ALL !

House Bill 866 would require the Maryland department of health to develop and implement health and safety guidelines and procedures for the use of digital devices in public school classrooms. Given the documented myriad of health risks for children, it is critical that schools have age-appropriate guidelines for the use of digital devices in schools.

Watch parents, PTA leaders and Doctors testify about the harmful effects on the eyes, addiction, psychological effects, social effects, physical effects and radiation effects in the videos below.

Want more details from more experts?
Watch Dr. Lissak's Lecture on the Psychological Issues related to Screens

Watch A Lecture on Worldwide Action on Screens and Children featuring Baltimore County Schools

Check out Safe Tech's past blog posts on the health issues posed by the overuse of screens in schools 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

MD House Ways and Means Committee to hear classroom digital device safety bill

House Ways and Means Committee to hear classroom digital device safety bill
(ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND) The House Ways and Means Committee of the Maryland General Assembly will hear legislation on Friday, February 24th at 1:00 that directs the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) to craft safety guidelines for the use of digital devices in Maryland public schools.

Delegate Steven Arentz (R-District 36) has sponsored the legislation, House Bill 866, "Primary and Secondary Education - Health and Safety Guidelines and Procedures - Digital Devices." The bill has 25 co-sponsors and broad bi-partisan support. An identical bill has been cross-filed by Senator Steve Hershey (R-District 36), co-sponsored by Senator James Brochin (D-District 42) and Senator Susan Lee (D-District 16). It has been referred to the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.

HB866 aims to protect Maryland students from the health hazards that medical experts have for many years associated with daily use of digital devices. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has had regulations governing the use of computers for office workers since the 1990s, but schools have no medical oversight.

"More and more experts are proving that there are serious risks to our kids' health because they spend every day on a digital device," Delegate Arentz said. "Maryland students need to get the most out of this technology, so we want medical professionals to lead us in a safe direction."

Researchers have shown that many of the same health issues addressed by OSHA are now facing students who use digital devices every day in school. Retinal damage from blue light emissions, myopia, sleeplessness, muscle and joint pain, headaches, blurred vision, obesity, anxiety and addiction have all been associated as health risks facing students because of daily digital device use.
The bill has substantial support from the state's medical community. The Maryland State Medical Society (MedChi), which represents all of Maryland's doctors, voted to support the legislation at their most recent meeting, according to Gene Ransom, MedChi's Executive Director. One of the co-sponsors, Delegate Clarence Lam, is a physician who leads Johns Hopkins University's preventative medicine residency program.

Believed to be the first of its kind, the Maryland bill also has the attention of several large health groups across the country. The nation's leading vision health organization, Prevent Blindness, supports the Maryland bill. Senior Vice President Jeff Todd wrote a letter commending Maryland's "efforts to ensure children’s vision, eye health and safety is at the forefront of any statewide effort related to childhood development."

Optometrists from around the country have also sent support to the General Assembly urging passage of this legislation, including J. Scott Sikes, O.D., a NC Optometric Society Education Trustee and Dr. Geoffrey Goodfellow, OD, FAAO, an Associate Professor at the Illinois College
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of Optometry and an attending optometrist in the Pediatrics/Binocular Vision Service of the Illinois Eye Institute.
“Protecting eyesight when it comes to the progressive use of digital technology and screen time addiction in young people is our number one priority” said Justin Barrett, CEO of Healthe, a company that creates products "to reduce exposure to harmful digital UV and High-Energy Visible (HEV) blue light emitted from such devices." "We hope the lawmakers will pass this important legislation to set a precedent for other states in the protection of all students."

Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, PhD, LCSW-R, a nationally recognized addiction expert and author of Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction Is Hijacking Our Kids, writes: "I commend the screen safety effort in Maryland and strongly encourage the General Assembly to pass HB 866 and SB 1089 to mandate medically sound classroom regulations."

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) is a national advocacy organization with nearly 50,000 members, including 1,000 in Maryland. The group has asked Maryland lawmakers to give HB866 their "complete endorsement." In a letter to the Ways and Means Committee, CCFC Executive Director, Josh Golin, writes, "It is critical that medical professionals develop clear, research-based, age-appropriate guidelines for the use of digital devices in schools."

Citing its 30-page research document released in August, Parents Across America (PAA) is another national advocacy group endorsing HB866/SB1089. PAA notes that it "has prepared extensive materials about the harmful effects on children's academic, intellectual, emotional, physical and social development when digital devices are misused and overused... We applaud the Maryland lawmakers who have responded quickly and appropriately to this critical situation."

Maryland parents have rallied to support the classroom screen safety bill as well. Leslie Weber, Co-Founder of Advocates for Baltimore County Schools (ABCSchools), the largest public education advocacy coalition in the county, says, "This bill is greatly needed, especially in Baltimore County, where one of the nation's largest 1:1 digital initiatives is underway. Children as young as 5 are in front of screens most days -- objective guidelines from the DHMH are needed to ensure the safety of these students."

Janis Sartucci, a member of the Parents' Coalition of Montgomery County, said, "This bill is long overdue. Our children need to be protected from a variety of health risks that could affect them for a lifetime. We must get DHMH involved to be sure kids aren't hurt."

Queen Anne's County parent, Cindy Eckard, has testified and written extensively about the need for medical oversight of classroom digital devices. Her Op Eds have appeared in both the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun. During a recent radio interview Ms. Eckard told WBAL Radio reporter Robert Lang, "Of course we want our kids to master technology; we just don't want them harmed in the process."

Ms. Eckard also noted that teachers have a legal duty of care to protect students from known hazards in the classroom. "This bill will help teachers too, giving them statewide, uniform safety guidelines, from medical professionals and specialists at DHMH."


Links to medical research; recorded General Assembly testimony; a screen safety press conference held in Annapolis with actress/comedian Paula Poundstone, and detailed information regarding the legislation are available on the website www.screensandkids.us or email Ms. Eckard at screensandkids@gmail.com.
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4G and 5 G Health Risks Covered on the Thom Hartman Show

Thom Hartmans show talks about the dangers posed by increasing radiation from cell signals as we prepare to move from 4G to 5G.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Peter Sullivan on Strategies For Energy Efficiency RE: Wi-Fi Networks in School

Listen to this Excellent Testimony on Energy Efficient Solutions for WiFi in School. Yes, You Can  Reduce Power Consumption and Reduce  Health Risk. The safest solution is to use 100% corded cables to connect to the internet.  This video is from the Palto Alto School District.

California Parent Testifies on Heart Problems Caused by Wireless Radiation

This mother, a doctor, is testifying about the heart problems her child encounters when in a high density wireless hotspot. Parents in Palto Alto California are calling for safe technology. 
Please watch their testimony to the California District School Board Meeting this week in the video below.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Pregnancy, Wireless Radiation and Your Baby: What You Need To Know: The Green Gazette Article

The Green Gazette published an article about the expert recommendations to reduce wireless while pregnant due to evidence showing adverse impacts of wireless to the developing brain. 
Read the article online at the Green Gazette.